Movimiento de Pobladores y Pobladoras Mobilizes for the Approval of the Law of Self-Managed Production of Habitat and Popular Housing

Reinald Oiturriza

This Tuesday, June 4, the organizations that make up the platform Movimiento de Pobladores y Pobladoras (Settlers Movement), along with other popular housing organizations, among them several Assemblies of Viviendo Venezolanos (AVV) of the Capital District and Miranda, mobilized to demand the approval of a Law of Self-Managed Production of Habitat and Popular Housing.

In a declaration issued by Pobladores y Pobladoras today, they state that “at least 50% of the goal set by President Nicolás Maduro for 2025 of more than 5 million homes will be executed by the people’s power,” for which “a law is necessary to guarantee self-management as a concrete alternative so that the organized people can participate in this tremendous challenge,” having control of the means of production: machinery, land, materials, factories, resources, technology to name a few.

During the first years of the Venezuelan Great Housing Mission, created by Commander Chavez in 2011, more than 60% of the total number of houses were built by the organized people. According to official figures, it is currently approaching 37%.

Iraida Morocoima on the Law of Self-managed Production of Habitat and Popular Housing

“We must not deceive ourselves, the real estate construction capital only seeks to obtain control of rent, land and materials, not to add a single house for the people who work and live the rigors of the imperialist blockade,” warns Pobladores and Pobladoras. And they add: “But there exist a people in need of housing, organized in different groups throughout the country – Caracas, Miranda, Aragua, Carabobo, Zulia, Yaracuy, Lara, Anzoátegui, Bolívar – with years of struggle and conscience, willing to assume self-management in this situation as a way to realize their right to the city, to housing and to a dignified habitat, to live well”.

The mobilization of around a thousand people left Carabobo Park, in the center of the city of Caracas, and travelled along University Avenue until reaching the Federal Legislative Palace, where the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) meets. There they delivered the declaration and requested a right to speak before the ANC.

In Carabobo Park
At the height of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Simón Bolívar observes
At the height of La Hoyada

At the height of the Linares promenade
Arriving in La Ceiba
In front of La Ceiba
Arriving at the Federal Legislative Palace

Translation by Internationalist 360°